Villagers furious at council ‘green light’ to new homes

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Angry residents in Wragby have branded East Lindsey District Council’s planning process as a “sham” after losing a two year battle to stop a new housing development.

The residents, of Station Mews and Bridle Way, have been fighting plans for the development at a site off Bridleway.

Residents claim the new homes will add to the flood risk and that no adequate provision has been made for drainage.

They also say Wragby Parish Council and Anglian Water had objected to the proposal.

They add that part of plans to drain the site involve a new pipe which will have to be installed under a newly built bungalow extension that received planning permission from ELDC earlier this year.

The residents delivered a 30-name petition to ELDC and sent a representative to the planning meeting where the scheme was approved.

They tried to get the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to block the development.

But their attempt failed amid claims the relevant minister only dealt with issues that had an impact on national planning policies.

Now, faced with the possibility of a legal bill running into thousands of pounds if they continued the fight, the residents have admitted defeat.

A residents’ spokesman, who did not want to be named, said: “The whole planning process is a sham. East Lindsey District Council is not interested in local people and local views. All they are bothered about is passing as many planning applications as they can so they don’t get put in special measures.”

The spokesman stressed residents were not against development in Wragby, provided it was in the right place.

She said land around the site regularly flooded, causing problems.

She said flooding was the ‘prime reason’ for objection but there were other concerns.

She claimed the primary school was operating at full capacity and there were worries about medical provision.

The spokesman said access to the site was an issue with the main road through Wragby already notorious because of holiday traffic.

She said: “The initial application might only be for 42 homes but we know this is the first phase of a bigger plan.”

She said plans included a new pumping station which would ease flooding worries but increase noise levels.